November 2022 Meeting Minutes

Snoqualmie Valley Radio Club

Monthly Meeting Minutes

 November 3rd, 2022

I. Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 6:15 p.m. at Duvall Fire Station 66.

Members in attendance were:

Tom (WA7TBP) – President, Kirt (K7KDW) – Vice President, Mike (KJ7JNG) – Secretary, Ralph (KC7QXD), Bob (KI7RMO), Paul (W7PFB), Ken (W7ECK), Roland (K7RWB), Bob (KI7RMO), Jon (W7ENT), Colin (W2COL)

II. Approval of Board Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes from the meeting that occurred on October 6th 2022 were approved.

III. Treasury Report and Financials

Tom presented the November 2022 financials to the members in attendance. Currently there is $8,434.03 in the treasury and SNOVARC has 38 paying members. 

IV. Committee and Task Force Reports

Repeater Task Force:

Cougar Mountain Repeater – Trip Light UPS system is up and running. Kirt, Shawn, and Tom labeled old equipment and moved the equipment to the new rack, all tests passed. Spares will be kept at the repeater site. New equipment to be installed soon. Ken will contact Dave (in Alaska) to allow the Alaska reflector to connect Allstar, IRLP and Echolink to the Cougar Mountain repeater. This will cost the club $14 a month. If the reflector performs well, the club will move forward to connect the Myers repeater to the Alaska reflector so the Myers repeater can also have Allstar, IRLP and Echolink connectivity like Cougar Mountain.

Myers Repeater – Tom asked Mike to schedule keying up the repeater with the Trilogy team to test the repeater and to ensure it is working properly.

Carnation Repeater – The Carnation repeater is back in Carnation City Hall and it is operating well. Only problem is that when the repeater keys-up, the sound of the repeater can be heard by people working in the meeting room at City Hall.  The recommendation is that we place the repeater inside a gator case to minimize the noise. All voted in favor.

Ralph proposed that when the club begins the removal of the old, and installation of the new Cougar Mt. repeater equipment, that it is done in phases i.e., start with the amplifier first and allow it to operate w/o any problems.  After a trouble-free period, install the next piece of equipment and allow that equipment to be observed before moving forward to the next piece of equipment. Also, Ralph suggested that at the Carnation repeater site that the club separate the IRLP port and ECHOLINK ports. The members present voted to move forward with both of Ralph’s proposals. The second proposal (separation on IRLP and ECHOLINK) will finally be decided upon when the final cost of separating IRLP and ECHOLINK are finalized.

Emergency Planning and Mobilization:

No update.

Education and Community Outreach:

GOTA class for North Bend and Issaquah has been cancelled because member from the Issaquah club that was organizing the event, is moving to Florida.

V. Old Business

King County Badging – Most SNOVARC members are now up to date with new badges.

Marketing – No change.

Mini Drill – On 11/17 after the net there will be a windstorm drill to see what type of back-up power supplies the members have in case of an extended power failure.

VI. New Business

To increase attendance at the monthly face-to-face meeting, Roland suggested we have planned projects and events. Tom asked for members to submit their ideas.  Mike suggested free beer and hotdogs.

The “Rookie Roundtable” net that takes place right before the weekly SNOVARC net needs a new name to be more inclusive for those who don’t consider themselves rookies. Tom asked for members to try to think of a new name. Mike suggested: “Radio’s in cinema – Science Fiction Movies from the 1960’s and 70’s”

Upcoming Events:

Food! Glorious Food! – SnoVARC Holiday Dinner on December 1st at 5:45 at Ixtapa Restaurant on Novelty Hill please send Roland an email confirming how many are in your party.  We need to let the restaurant know the numbers.

Tonight’s SNOVARC face-to-face monthly meeting ELMER Session – Hosted by North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner (W6TOR). Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

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